Text "Summer Meals" to 97779 for a free summer meal location near you! This site includes date of operations, meals available at each location, meal times and more.
Please arrive as close to the feeding time listed as possible. All food must be eaten on site.
*Breakfast for Tuesday-Friday will be provided with lunch each day. The only morning for breakfast delivery is Monday.
Summer Nutrition Sites:
Roan Street Elementary
City Park Elementary
Mack Gaston Community Center
Dalton High School
Morris Innovative High School
Park Creek Elementary
Strawberry Commons Apartments
Mountain Woods Apartments
Byron Heights Apartments
Joann Lewis Park
Otis Cook Park
Vehicle Delivery Sites (no buses)
- Autumn Ridge area
- Mount Rachel Trail area
- Brookwood-Al Rollins-Lakeshore area
- Lago-Turf-Underwood area
- Park Place-Parkview-MIHS area
- Wood Park & Excalibur area
- Otis Cook area
- Scenic Valley area
- Byron Height’s area
- East Morris area
- MLK and Fields Rd area
- Lakemont and Brookwood Park area
- Roan St. area
- Veterans Drive area
- Threadmill area
Below is the summer schedule for Big Red READS. Big Red READS is a mobile library that brings books to our K-12 students during the summer months. It is a very rewarding experience to connect with our students in the summer and to promote their continued growth as readers!
Join us this summer for 2020 Big Red READS!
The Big Red READS bus will be coming to your neighborhood!
11:30 - 12:30
Wednesday, June 3
1116 Roan Street
Wednesday, June 10
708 Trammell Street
Wednesday, June 17
Blue Ridge School
100 Bogle Street
Wednesday, June 24
City Park School
405 School Street
Wednesday, July 8
Park Creek School
1500 Hale Bowen Drive
Wednesday, July 15
501 Central Avenue
Free e-books for ALL ages!
School Name: Get Georgia Reading
User Name: WhitfieldCounty
Water Safety Facts
- Swimming pools are the most common site for a drowning to occur for children ages 1 to 4.
- 5,209 children in U.S. will sustain nonfatal near drowning-related injuries this year.
- 89 percent of boating deaths of all ages occurred on boats where the operator had not received boating safety instructions.
- The majority of infant drowning deaths happen in bathtubs or large buckets.
- African-American kids ages 5 to 14 are almost three times more likely to drown than white children.
- The use of specially made drain covers, safety vacuum-release systems, multiple filter pumps and other pressure-venting pool filter mechanisms can reduce the risk of entrapment in pools.
- Watch kids when they are in or around water, without being distracted. Keep young children within arm’s reach of an adult.
- Empty all tubs, buckets, containers and kiddie pools immediately after use. Store them upside down so they don’t collect water.
- Close toilet lids and use toilet seat locks to prevent drowning.
- Keep doors to bathrooms and laundry rooms closed.
- Install fences around home pools. A pool fence should surround all sides of the pool and be at least four feet tall with self-closing and self-latching gates.
- Know what to do in an emergency. Learning CPR and basic water rescue skills may help you save a life.
More info at http://safekidsgeorgia.org/
From the State of Georgia's Division of Family and Children Services
Lack of Supervision Guidelines
Frequently Asked Questions
Many individuals have questions regarding at what age children may be left unsupervised. While there are no State laws regarding the supervision of children, DFCS has guidelines which we follow. The guidelines are as follows:
• Children eight years or younger should not be left alone
• Children between the ages of nine years and twelve years, based on level of maturity, may be left alone for brief (less than two hours) periods of time; and,
• Children thirteen years and older, who are at an adequate level of maturity, may be left alone and may perform the role of babysitter, as authorized by the parent, for up to twelve hours.
These guidelines pertain only to children who are not in the Department’s custody. Situations involving children for whom the department has placement responsibility are governed by foster care requirements. There are sometimes circumstances where an unsupervised older child is at risk or where a younger child has the maturity level to be left alone or to care for other children. Some examples are:
• It may not be advisable to leave an older child who has a special condition or disability alone.
• Consideration may be given to a child younger than 13 years, who exhibits strong maturity skills and has participated in a course on babysitting, to be alone or to care for other children. Suggested questions to ask are:
1) Does the child know the emergency plan for the family?
2) Does the child know the parent's phone numbers (work and home)?
3) Can the child demonstrate the plan and recite the numbers?
4) What is the availability of the parent during this time?
5) Are there environmental factors that add further risk to the situation?
6) Are there factors that reduce risk, i.e. supportive/available neighbors?